If your urine looks red or pink (and you haven't recently eaten beets), chances are you have hematuria (blood in your urine). The experienced team at Northwest Arkansas Urology Associates has years of experience determining why you have hematuria and providing customized treatment that targets the underlying condition. Blood in your urine can be a sign of a serious problem like cancer, so it’s important to schedule an appointment right away. Call the office in Springdale, Rogers, Siloam Springs, or Eureka Springs, Arkansas, or use the online booking feature today.
Hematuria refers to having blood in your urine. Sometimes, you can see the blood. However, there can be such a small amount of blood that it's only visible under a microscope.
Though hematuria can develop for a harmless reason, it's often the sign of an underlying problem that needs treatment.
If you have visible blood, you have pink, red, or brown urine. You may have other symptoms, depending on the underlying cause. For example, you may experience:
Some people feel like they can’t empty their bladder.
The most common causes of blood in urine include:
Though not as common, strenuous exercise may cause hematuria. The blood may appear due to bladder trauma, dehydration, or the breakdown of red blood cells, a problem that happens with extended aerobic exercise.
The only way to treat hematuria is to identify the underlying cause, and that often requires an intensive evaluation. Your Northwest Arkansas Urology Associates provider begins by learning about your medical history and symptoms, assessing your risk for bladder cancer, and completing a physical exam. The results of your exam determine if you need additional diagnostic testing.
In addition to a urinalysis, you may need blood tests, an ultrasound, a CT scan, or MRI. Your provider may also recommend a cystoscopy, a minimally invasive procedure to examine the inside of your urinary tract and bladder.
Your provider takes care of hematuria by treating the underlying condition. Considering the many possible causes of blood in your urine, there are too many possible treatments to include a comprehensive list here.
For example, you may need antibiotics for a urinary tract infection, take medications or have a procedure to shrink an enlarged prostate, or have shock wave therapy to break up kidney or bladder stones.
Schedule an appointment with Northwest Arkansas Urology Associates as soon as you notice blood in your urine. Call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.